The University of Mississippi
Paris-Yates Chapel & Peddle Bell Tower

Wedding Regulations for Use of Paris-Yates Chapel

THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
e-mail: chapel@olemiss.edu
www.olemiss.edu/chapel
Voice Mail: 662-915-6915

Use of the Paris-Yates Chapel for weddings shall be available to current students, alumni and their immediate families, current faculty and staff and their immediate families, and retired faculty and staff and their immediate families by using an electronic form located at www.olemiss.edu/chapel. Use of the Chapel requires a fee, which is explained below. The Chapel may be used in accordance with the terms of the University’s Wedding Contract for using the Paris-Yates Chapel for weddings.  Please contact Dr. Linda Spargo by e-mail at chapel@olemiss.edu if you have questions. Use of the chapel is subject to the following terms and conditions:

  1. Weddings must be scheduled by using the electronic form located at www.olemiss.edu/chapel.  Weddings may not be scheduled more than one year in advance of the first business day of the month in which the desired wedding date falls.  For example, a July 10, 3000, wedding may not be scheduled before July 1, 2999.  A wedding may be scheduled up to two weeks before the desired date.  In order to schedule a wedding date, the following will be required:
    1. names of both parties to be married,
    2. affiliation with the University (student, faculty, staff, alumni),
    3. a non-refundable fee (see below),
    4. a specific day and time requested on line, and
    5. a signed contract agreement to abide by all policies and guidelines for use of the Paris-Yates Chapel.
  2. The undersigned must pay a fee of $600 for the use of the Chapel.  This includes the non-refundable deposit of $200 payable to the University of Mississippi upon reserving the Chapel and the $400 balance due 30 days before the scheduled ceremony.

    Check should be payable to:  The University of Mississippi
    Mail the $200 non-refundable deposit and the final $400 balance to:

    Dr. Linda Spargo
    c/o Paris-Yates Chapel
    Chancellor’s Office
    Lyceum 123
    University, MS 38677

  3. All wedding rehearsals must be scheduled on the Friday evening of the weekend of the wedding and shall last only one hour due to other scheduled rehearsals.  Rehearsals for Saturday weddings may be scheduled in one of the following time slots on Friday: 
    1. 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
    2. 6:00 -7:00 p.m.
  4. Weddings may be scheduled during one of the following time slots:
    1. Saturday 8:00 to 2:00 p.m., or
    2. Saturday 3:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  5. Because of the growing and high demand for using the Chapel, the time slot you choose will be strictly enforced.  Please plan the time of your wedding accordingly. The Chapel will be available at the beginning of the reserved time period and all decorations and other preparations must be set up and removed within the time period.  Clean-up must begin immediately after the end of the wedding ceremony and be completed as soon as possible. 
  6. Attendance for the wedding may not exceed 200 people, which is in accordance with state fire codes.
  7. No candles are allowed, except ceremonial candles (such as a unity or a memorial candle), near the podium.  Most couples use the altar table in the Chapel.
  8. Real and/or silk flowersmay be used but must be removed within the two hour clean-up time immediately following the ceremony.  If the bride desires to have flower petals dropped down the aisle, real flower petals may not be used.  Silk or artificial petals may be used, which must be picked up after the ceremony as part of the clean up.  There is a permanent hook on the front door of the Chapel which may be used for flowers.  There is also an iron and marble table in the front foyer for the bride’s book and on which flowers can be placed.  This table cannot be moved from its position at the front door.
  9. Nothing shall be hung from the walls.
  10. Only ribbon may be used to secure any decorations to the pews.  Tape may not be used. Care will be taken to avoid marring the finish of the pews.  The pews have a piece of stained molding on the top, so most pew clips or signage stands cannot be used on this design.
  11. Only an approved organist may play the Chapel organ and/or carillon.  The list of approved organists will be sent to you after the electronic reservation form has been received, or it can be obtained by contacting Dr. Linda Spargo by e-mail at chapel@olemiss.edu.
  12. The Chapel does not have a piano.  It does have a CD/Tape player, which you will be required to manage yourself.  The Department of Music at the University is also an excellent resource for musicians and/or vocalists: 662-915-7268.  They can explain fees.
  13. Food and beverages are prohibited in the main Chapel.  No alcoholic beverages may be served on the Chapel grounds.  Snacks and beverages may be used by the wedding party in the auxiliary building while preparing for the wedding but must be part of the cleanup after the ceremony.  The auxiliary building has a refrigerator and sink.  Trash bags will be provided for clean up. 
  14. The connecting Quadrangle and fountain immediately behind the Chapel cannot be reserved for weddings or receptions.
  15. Use of rice or confetti is prohibited.  Bird seed or real flower petals are allowed outside.
  16. CLEAN UP:  THE CHAPEL MUST BE LEFT AS IT WAS FOUND – CLEAN AND IN ORDER.  All items you bring in need to be taken with you when you leave. You are not required to vacuum and dust, but we ask that in the main Chapel:  remove all flowers, pick up all items brought in by the wedding party, such as programs, etc., check the pews for left items, such as keys, cameras, purses, etc. 

    In the auxiliary building where the bride can change, we ask that you either use the trash bags provided for picking up hangers, plastic, leftover food and drinks or take those items with you.  The physical plant will pick up any trash bags you’ve left behind.  Please just clean up after yourselves by taking all items with you brought in by the wedding party or by using the trash bags provided.  Trash bags may be left in the kitchen of the auxiliary building.  Please do not leave unused food or beverages.  Either take them or put them in the trash bags provided.
  17. Cancellation of reservations can be made by electronic cancellation form located at www.olemiss.edu/chapel.
  18. The Director of the Chapel will meet with the wedding party at the Chapel within three weeks prior to the wedding to discuss details and special requests for the wedding.   This is negotiable depending on family circumstances due to travel, etc.  Please e-mail the Director at chapel@olemiss.edu

    or call 662-915-7229 to arrange a date and time, Monday-Friday between 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.  If you have questions prior to that, please contact the Director in the same manner.  It is helpful to have one contact person with whom to communicate questions and concerns to the Director.  Please provide that name where designated.

    Wedding party members may visit the Chapel on their own prior to the wedding; however, we ask that if you do so, that you are quiet and orderly while there so that others using the Chapel during the week for meditation are not disturbed.  At no time should the wedding party members visit the Chapel to discuss plans during Quiet Hours at the Chapel, which are held M-F from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m., Noon, and 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. (except Friday afternoons). Your cooperation in this matter will be greatly appreciated. 

  19. The Chapel is closed on Saturdays except for the wedding parties who have reserved and paid for that time and space.  Please do not visit the Chapel on Saturdays while planning your own wedding.  If there are weddings on that day, the Chapel is not open to the public.  If there is not a scheduled wedding that day, the Chapel is locked.  Please do not attend weddings if you have not been invited by the wedding party. 

Wedding Contract